Roberto Gittens

WSU offers Tacoma 4-star wing, visits Sunday

ERNIE KENT is targeting another state of Washington player of the year. Washington State has offered Roberto Gittens, a 4-star wing prospect out of Tacoma’s Foss High. The 6-5, 200-pounder will waste no time in taking his official visit to WSU, his prep coach tells CF.C.

Gittens, The News Tribune’s All-Area player of the year, averaged 22 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.5 assists as a senior and led Foss to its first state title since 2000. The last two TNT players of the year suit up for WSU: Malachi Flynn and Viont’e Daniels.  Gittens will see both of them in a few days on his official visit to Washington State.

“He will be there on campus on Sunday,” Foss head man Mike Cocke’ told Cougfan.com. “He’s always felt like he’s a high-major player. He’s always dreamed of playing in the Pac-12 and so he’s excited to get on campus and meet with the coaches face to face … I think anybody who has seen him knows how good he is offensively and how easily the game comes to him.”

The signing period runs through May 17. But with his WSU trip on tap, could a decision be coming soon?

“It’s all about fit. I talked to Washington State’s staff about an hour ago … depending on how his visit goes and who steps to the table, if he feels comfortable with it, then he’s going to go with it. So I think it could be early May, I think it could be any day. I know he has an intention to go out and play (this spring on the AAU circuit) to prove to people he belongs. That’s his plan right now,” said Cocke’.

Washington State has been recruiting Gittens since his sophomore season, Cocke’ said. But it was only recently that academic questions were cleared up.

“I think anybody that gets him is going to get a kid that has the ability play right away. The rap on him the last two years about academics and different things I think was just a bunch of noise. He’s done everything he needed to do to become a qualifier,” said Cocke’.

With his academics in good shape, and Gittens’ decommitment from Boise State a week ago, WSU began putting on a full-court press this past week, Cocke’ said.  Utah and Oregon came back in at the same time but have not yet offered.

Gittens’ offensive skills would suit WSU well, said Cocke’.

“I think he can help them offensively immediately,” said Cocke’.  “Defensively, I think the speed of the game will be an adjustment. But he has a lot of tools – he’s a phenomenal passer, can score in a variety of ways, he should be able to help them in a lot of different aspects offensively.

“He’s a high-level athlete … he finishes above the room and he can shoot it, handles the ball pretty well. He’s an all-around player.”

NOTABLE NOTES:

  • You may have heard Gittens will reclassify to the 2018 class but it’s not what it sounds like. For seniors to go back out and play on the spring AAU circuit, they are required to reclassify as if they will go to a prep school for a year.  As long as they graduate on time, they can sign with a school for 2017 and the reclassification label is simply removed. Cocke’ confirmed Gittens will sign with a school for 2017 but since he will also play AAU spring ball, he will need to reclassify.
  • After his trip to WSU, Gittens plans to spend the next two weekends playing for the Portland Basketball Club in Virginia and Indianapolis.

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